They are all around us — speed limits, credit limits, and even socially acceptable distance limits. And some things that are called “unlimited” have limitations too. Sometimes limits are a good thing.
Imagine this: You have been working hard and in meetings all day long.
So many time commitments in your day, you didn’t have time for lunch, and you work from home so you couldn’t even ask a coworker to bring you back a sandwich when they went for lunch. Your workday ends with your family asking if they can go out for dinner, and everyone agrees the location should be your favorite, all-you-can-eat buffet. Oh yeah!! Can you see where I’m going about limits?
Now imagine this: You work in Salesforce.
Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery You spend your days building new features and enhancing existing functionality for your end users, as well as occasionally fixing a bug. You want to roll out these new features, enhancements, and fixes to your users as quickly as possible. Yet, you want to do that under controlled circumstances, with validated testing and complete governance to assure that there are no issues once the updates are in your production org. By now, you’ve likely already had the build versus buy discussion with your team around a solution to your CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) needs.
Build versus Buy.
So, which is it? Do you build a solution, or do you buy one? Building a custom application is very time and resource-intensive. Do you have enough staff to be able to do this? Can they accomplish what’s needed in your defined timeline? The downside – a custom-built solution is typically very costly to maintain. The upside – a custom-built solution gives you exactly what you need because it is custom-built to your specifications.
So, you’ve decided to buy – or perhaps your executive team decided for you by giving you a finite budget. Great! One decision made – that’s progress. Now you need to decide if you stay native to Salesforce or go with something that’s purpose-built for Salesforce. But what’s the difference, and why does it matter? Limits. Remember how this post started? That’s why purpose-built for Salesforce matters. Let’s examine the differences:
Native to Salesforce means faster to deploy because it’s all on the platform. Native to Salesforce means you gain new functionality with each Salesforce release. Native to Salesforce means limited functionality due to the nature of Salesforce’s multi-tenant architecture and the inherent limitation placed on users. Native to Salesforce might also mean the lowest cost.
Purpose-built for Salesforce starts with out-of-the-box Salesforce functionality, that can be customized as needed, within the limitations of Salesforce. Purpose-built for Salesforce also gains new functionality with each Salesforce release. Where Purpose-built for Salesforce excels is its ability to use best-in-class platform technologies to enhance performance and circumvent the inherent limitations with Salesforce. This enables continuous innovation and helps fuel growth.
Learn more in this on-demand webinar about Deploy Business Changes Faster with Automated CI/CD for Salesforce.